Are you attempting to teach your Hamiltonstovare to sit? The skill of sitting up is quickly taught to smaller dogs, however larger canines are a different story. It’s difficult for them to keep their equilibrium.
Teach Your Hamiltonstovare to Sit: Prep
Sitting is one of the very first skills that should be taught to a Hamiltonstovare and is the foundation for a number of other techniques. In order to train a Hamiltonstovare to sit up, prepare some treats as a perk, and place your Hamiltonstovare on her butt in the corner, so she won’t be able to fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no space to lose balance.
Teach Your Hamiltonstovare to Sit: Acquaint Her With The Words
Stop her from falling to the front by keeping 1 hand underneath her chin and using your other hand dangle her snack above her nose. Keep saying clearly and intelligibly, “sit.” Don’t make her sit up too long at any one time, however repeat the instruction often and reward her regularly with lots of recognition and snacks.
Teach Your Hamiltonstovare to Sit: Help Her Stay Balanced
In her very first lesson she will require quite a bit of help and support from you to keep her from pitching forward, but as she gains better control of the stabilizing muscles and realizes what you want, she will depend less on your hand to keep her in position. Gradually, you can give your Hamiltonstovare less support til you will basically have to keep one hand in position two or three inches from her neck or chin, to be waiting to stop her from falling forward; later you may remove your hand and just simply dangle the treat just above the height of her head.
Teach Your Hamiltonstovare To Sit: Remove the Aids Slowly And Gradually
With consistent practice she will sit up for a good while after you make her. Then she should be set up against a wall, so as to offer her assistance for her back only. Soon after she has grasped this and can maintain her posture effortlessly, rehearse with her up against chair legs, cushions or other objects that offer her less and less help and support. Subsequently she will master how to sustain her balance and sit up without needing something to rest against.
Teach Your Hamiltonstovare to Sit: Putting It All Together
In the course of all these lessons the command "sit up" will have been ingrained upon her mind through constant repetition. Now comes the final lesson to teach your Hamiltonstovare to sit up immediately after she hears the command. It's highly likely, if she has been carefully taught, you will simply have to call her out in the room, show a reward, hold it up a reasonable distance from the floor, say "sit up" and she will do so. Then give her the snack while still in place.
The only criteria for excellence is to practice with her several times a day until she will sit up on command and without being shown a treat; give her the snacks only after she has complied with the direction.
Teach Your Hamiltonstovare Other Tricks
You have now the method for teaching your Hamiltonstovare many other tricks. She now can learn to beg by moving your hand up and down just in front of her paws, which she will move in conjunction with yours. She also can learn to salute by bringing one paw to the side of her head, or to keep a toy in her mouth, or to wear a hat on her head or wear other clothes.
While teaching a Hamiltonstovare to accept being clothed, don't try to make her wear too many things simultaneously. Try her at first with just a hat. Soon after she gets accustomed to that you could put on a coat and little by little introduce her to more clothing.
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